This post was contributed by Francine.
Sometimes though, I just feel like I am about to burn out from work, or need something to snap me out of monotony.
So, here’s to hoping that more companies recognize the importance of mental health and shell out some personal days for their employees that throw down on a regular.
We went through the traditional conversation that a lot of folks living abroad usually have:
i.e. how long have you been living out here? What do you do? How much longer do you think you’ll stay?, etc.
After getting through that, my homegirl and I hit it off with this couple that lives in Tokyo! They are some of the most awesome people I’ve met. We basically spent the remainder of our trip with them and got on so well that they invited us to visit them in Tokyo! And a few months later we did!
I won’t teach you how to do this because this is not a a step-by-step guide, but because I am not morally bankrupt I think there is right way to do this. Before I planned my small escape there are some things I considered:
- Don’t give your colleagues a reason to hate you.I think for the sake of everyone you should not tell them your plans, but to make their life easier while you are gone, you absolutely should finish your work and meet your deadlines. Everyone has their own tasks to complete at work, and it’s easier when they don’t have to add an extra load, “I would LOVE to take on my colleague’s duties while they’re gone!” said no one ever…I hope. Not to mention you would probably feel less guilt while trying to enjoy yourself.
- Don’t make it a habit!No need for explanation. Why would you be working at a job that you need a constant break from anyway?I guess my point is, mental health is too important. Unfortunately, more often than not, needing time to recharge from a stress at work or from life does not qualify as just sick leave. I came back from Taipei buzzing with happy feels and ready to come back to work. Do you need to fly to another city to have fun and recharge? Nope. The opportunity presented itself and I decided to take advantage of it. I am so glad I did.
Meet Francine: An almost-28-year old sprinkling black girl magic around Asia. Keep up with her on IG.